Instead of running crowded streets or manicured neighborhoods, get off the pavement and into nature on these friendly trail runs near the city.Less
Kenneth Hahn is a surprisingly green and spacious park, especially considering its location in the urban area. It’s a popular place for family activities and casual exercise, but runners will enjoy the dirt trails that extend beyond the main use areas. Try running a big loop that covers both sides of the ridge, and you'll earn elevated views in every direction over the city.
This is among the most scenic places to run on the coast near LA. Its location between Long Beach and Redondo Beach is convenient for afternoon exercise, and the natural scenery is hard to beat. The reserve is an expanse of green hills atop golden bluffs overlooking the ocean. The vegetation is sparse and desert-like, leaving wide-open views of the sky and sea. Trails weave along the top of the cliffs and also switchback down to the beach, allowing options for easier or tougher runs.
To get the most out of a visit to Hollywood, go for a run in Runyon Canyon. The park’s trails take you high on ridges overlooking the city, and the inclines make a substantial workout. You may even spot a celebrity sharing the trail, as this park is a go-to outdoor escape for all kinds of residents.
This regional park boasts a lot of outdoor activities. In addition to swimming, kayaking, and camping, you can of course go trail running. Middlecrest Trail is one of the best runs around, climbing to a grassy ridgetop with 360-degree views. The dirt path twists around a small valley filled with pines, then ascends an open hillside flecked with flowers. As you go you’ll gaze over treetops at a blue reservoir, and toward the San Gabriel Mountains on the horizon.
For a scenic side trip into nature and fresh air, drive the PCH to Tuna Canyon Park. Trails here roll along ridges that tumble down to the sea, along the quiet stretch of coast between Santa Monica and Malibu. For a ridgeline run with ocean views, try the Budwood Motorway trail. Starting up at Tuna Canyon Road, you’ll run generally downhill toward the ocean, then do the real work on the way back up.